An interesting 1953 episode of Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theatre" from 1953, with special guest star Gertrude Berg, playing her popular character "Molly Goldberg". Gertrude was in fact the first Jewish actress to have her own popular sitcom. This comedy-variety series aired on NBC Television Network. The picture quality is a little poor, but watchable.
January 19, 2012
GREG GARRISON TELEVISION ACE
THIS SHOW WAS DIRCTED BY GREG GARRISON CALLED BY MILTON BERLE AS THE BEST TV DIRECTOR HE WORKED WITH .. MR GARRISON WAS THE ACE PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR BEHIND THE GREAT DEAN MARTIN'S 1960S TV SHOW .
March 27, 2010
Yeah, I Uploaded This
Since so many other people on IA are reviewing their own items (in one case every week), I am gonna review this item.
Episode start: Woman calls from her window for Mrs Goldberg, to remind her to watch "Texaco Star Theatre", which is her favourite show. Mrs Goldberg walks to television set, and begins to watch the program. This segues into the opening commercial, consisting of a bunch of singing mechanics. This leads to song about the Election of Eisenhower and the preceding Presidents of the United States. Then the program goes back to Mrs Goldberg (played by Gertrude Berg) still watching the program on her television set. She comments on how sad Mr Berle's secretary is. A telephone call between Milton Berle and his secretary is then shown. Mrs Goldberg doesn't understand that the show she is watching is only "make believe", despite what her daughter Rosalie tells her. Mrs Goldberg then rings up Milton Berle on the telephone. Mr Berle agrees to do a benefit for Mrs Goldberg's club. Mr Berle then has a conversation with Bobby Sherwood, only to be suprised by The Andrews sisters, who appear from a door on the set. A commercial for Texaco follows, with The Andrews sisters joining in to promote the product. We then return to Mrs Goldberg's apartment, and it appears the secretary is now at the Goldberg residence. Milton Berle then shows up at the apartment, which results in jokes about education. After this, the Andrews Sisters appear at the apartment, which eventually leads to a wedding, which includes a spoof of the first commercial in the episode. The Andrews sisters perform a mediocre rendition of a mediocre song, while somebody dances with Molly Goldberg. However, Milton is quickly shocked to learn that the wedding is between him and his secretary, and leaves before the actual wedding can take place. Trying to avoid being married, Milton tries to join the army, but is rejected, leaves, only for his secretary to chase him with a shotun. Milton says goodnight, and a final musical commercial for Texaco is performed. A few seconds of the credits are shown and mention Goodman Ace as lead writer, but the video ends before the credits can finish.
EDIT: Sorry to re-post my review, but I changed my mind. The song the Andrews sisters is not "mediocre" as I said before. Actually, I now like it a lot. It's called "The Anniversary Song" and is alledged to have been written by Al Jolson, Saul Chaplin, and Iosif Ivanovici. Al and Saul adapted it from an old Romanian peice written by Iosif, hence the weird songwriting credit.